LOS ANGELES – Mayor Karen Bass, Supervisor Lindsey P. Horvath and Councilmember Hugo Soto-Martínez yesterday launched an Inside Safe operation in Hollywood. Inside Safe is a new, citywide, voluntary, proactive housing-led strategy to bring people inside from tents and encampments, and to prevent encampments from returning. It is one feature in a comprehensive strategy to confront the homelessness crisis.
"Inside Safe is a real solution that saves lives and supports communities," said Mayor Karen Bass. "I want to thank Supervisor Horvath and Councilmember Soto-Martínez for partnering with us to bring people inside and express my appreciation to Councilmember Soto-Martínez for his commitment to urgently addressing the homelessness crisis by passing a budget that reflects our shared values. That unprecedented funding will be key to scaling up the Inside Safe program as we continue to house Angelenos in Hollywood and throughout Los Angeles.”
“Los Angeles County is here to support every effort to bring unhoused Angelenos indoors safely,” said Supervisor Lindsey Horvath. “Multiple County departments, County-funded rental subsidies and outreach teams, housing navigators, and mental health clinicians are part of every Inside Safe action, reflecting the coordination to which Mayor Bass, Councilmember Soto-Martínez, my Board colleagues and I are all committed. During our declared state of emergency, today’s action is the result of intentional, essential planning that brings housing and services to people in Hollywood and across Los Angeles.”
“This was a challenging encampment, and addressing it has been a top priority for our office in partnership with Hollywood residents and businesses,” said Councilmember Hugo Soto-Martínez. “Hollywood needs more resources to address our crisis, and thanks to the Mayor’s commitment to housing the unhoused, residents can expect more of these interventions. Because of the coordination and weeks of outreach by our team, the Mayor’s office, Supervisor Horvath’s team, and service providers, dozens of people will be able to have the comfort and security of a roof over their heads tonight and are on the path to permanent housing.”
This is the 19th Inside Safe encampment operation throughout Los Angeles. The initiative is responsible for bringing more than 1,300 Angelenos inside. Mayor Bass is moving Los Angeles forward with an urgent and strategic approach to confronting the homelessness crisis, which includes declaring a state of emergency, taking action to dramatically accelerate and lower the cost of building affordable and temporary housing, and moving to maximize the use of City-owned property for temporary and permanent housing.
Inside Safe supports the following five goals:
- Reduce the loss of life on our streets
- Increase access to mental health and substance abuse treatment for those living in encampments
- Eliminate street encampments
- Promote long-term housing stability for people experiencing homelessness
- Enhance the safety and hygiene of neighborhoods for all residents, businesses, and neighbors
Read the Inside Safe Executive Directive here.